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08 Dec, 2011

Advent activity #2 – plus a giveaway from Tag Along Toys!

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Fishbowl patrons|Giveaways and product reviews

This giveaway is hosted by Fishbowl patron Tag Along Toys, one of my favourite independent toy stores in Ottawa. As an unexpected surprise, Tag Along gifted us the Djeco art kits that are part of this giveaway. (!)

I have professed my love for Djeco here on the blog before. They are incredibly lovely and sophisticated art sets and the girls just love them. You can imagine their surprise when I told them that our advent activity would be to work on a couple of new ones.

Tag Along carries a wide variety of Djeco kits. Some are more suitable for younger kids, some for slightly older (and I wouldn’t be surprised if adults bought them too) but the one thing they share in common is their beautiful design.

Here’s the one Sarah worked on:

Djeco art kit

This one is a little different from the other Djeco kits. It’s reusable. The media is “liquid chalk” instead of markers or paint. They’re marker-like tools that deliver really vibrant colour. The artist draws on an acetate layer, following the pattern on a white sheet underneath. You pull it out…

Djeco art kit

… and voila! You reveal the full picture underneath. So pretty. (And reusable!)

Djeco art kit

This is the one Emma worked on. You peel off parts of the picture that are sticky underneath. Pour out some glitter (it comes in small vials as part of the art kit), and you have yourself a glittery masterpiece. Here’s a peek:

Djeco art kit

I love toys that have this much play value… and don’t need charging or batteries!

And now the giveaway part.

This giveaway is for one winner. That person shall receive TWO Djeco kits:

1) “Ribbon and Lace” Chalk Markers by Djeco (Pictured above) – “Creating a masterpiece is easy and so much fun! Chalk Markers are easy to use. They’re erasable, so you can start again and again. Includes 4 illustrated plates and 4 transparent sheets, 4 spacers, 6 liquid chalk felt brushes and a step-by-step instruction booklet.” Ages 7 – 10 years.

2) “Glitter Boards” by Djeco (Sneak peak above) – “Perhaps the favourite among little girls, the Glitter Dress allows them to create the ball gown of their dreams. The four glittering gowns are brought to life when the glitter is added, to create beautiful sparkly pictures. Once completed, your child will have a delightful set of pictures to hang in their bedroom.”


3) ONE Big Bag of Science (We love science stuff here at Casa Fishbowl.) – “This giant kit is designed to whet the appetites of budding young scientists of all ages. With more than 70 unique, fun, hands-on science activities, this kit guarantees hours and hours of science fun. Amaze your friends and family with such activities as making water disappear, having a liquid flow uphill, making a 30’ soda geyser, growing fake snow instantly, balancing 6 nails on the head of one nail – and much, much more. This kit covers the three areas of science (Physical, Earth and Life) as well as activities in Chemistry, Physics, Magnetism, Weather, Biology, Geology and Flight. The re-usable zipper bag is great for storing all components when it’s time to put your lab away. P.S. You’ll even learn why you might hate your vegetables and what the iron in your breakfast cereal looks like.”

There is much to love about this giveaway, isn’t there? Wow. Want to win?

  • Leave a comment below telling me what kind of toys Santa will be leaving under the tree this year. That’s it!

Some other details:

  • This giveaway is open to anyone residing in the Ottawa area but is void in Quebec. (Here’s why.)
  • The winner will have to pick up their prize from Tag Along Toys in a timely manner. They’re located in Kanata at 499 Terry Fox Drive in the Signature Centre.
  • One entry per family please! We want lots of people to have the opportunity to win.
  • If you can’t post your comment because you’re behind a firewall at work or whatever, you can email it to me for posting: andrea at quietfish dot com 
  • I will do a random draw of all qualifying entries using Random.org at noon EST on December 15, 2011.

Thank you Tag Along Toys for hosting such an amazing giveaway.

Over to you Fishies!

59 Responses to "Advent activity #2 – plus a giveaway from Tag Along Toys!"

1 | Helene

December 8th, 2011 at 1:21 pm


Santa is bringing scooters for our kids, they have been asking for some for a while now!

2 | Brenda A.

December 8th, 2011 at 1:22 pm


We have some Djeco pastel crayons arriving from Santa! Djeco makes wonderful products! These prizes would be coveted at our house!

3 | Pamela

December 8th, 2011 at 1:25 pm


What beautiful crafts.
My daughter would love to work with this very unique medium
Thanks for the chance

4 | Joy

December 8th, 2011 at 1:34 pm


A Fijit; a Wii game (Just Dance 3), and all sorts of other things. Shhh… don’t say anything (whisper). PS. I am a HUGE Tagalong Toys Fan, and almost as huge DJECO fan – thanks for putting together this giveaway.

5 | KL

December 8th, 2011 at 1:35 pm


Princess Barbies, crafts and books.

6 | Marianne

December 8th, 2011 at 1:37 pm


A train table will be under the tree (well, actually, in the basement playroom) for our two little girls this year from Mommy and Daddy. We’re not sure yet what small toys Santa will be bringing.

7 | Mary V.

December 8th, 2011 at 2:00 pm


Santa is bringing something sweet, something to read, and something to play with (Lego and a Barbie Fiat).

8 | Tricia

December 8th, 2011 at 2:02 pm


My family usually gives each other “gifts of hope” – you know, like a pig, or school supplies for people in other countries. This gift pack would make a great donation to Toy Mountain though!

9 | Elizabeth

December 8th, 2011 at 2:02 pm


Santa is bringing some long-desired Playmobil, and some crafty bits and pieces too. Djeco would add to the wonderfulness!

10 | Carolyn

December 8th, 2011 at 2:07 pm


We are expecting a train set (for our son), Monster High dolls (for 3 girls), some organic nailpolish and an art kit since they all draw and paint every day – they have Djeco kits as well and love them – more would be a bonus!

11 | Krista R

December 8th, 2011 at 2:28 pm


Wow – I would LOVE to win this. My three kids are going to find Lego and lots of books under the tree this year.

12 | Chrissy

December 8th, 2011 at 2:49 pm


My girls would love these! And I’m a huge fan of Tag Along Toys. This year there will be quite a bit of Lego under our tree and probably some Calico Critters stuff. Plus arts and crafts galore.

13 | Cari

December 8th, 2011 at 2:57 pm


Santa is bringing some old fashioned board games, some new fashioned leap pads, some lego and some craft supplies. I would love to these items to our stash!!!!!

14 | Joyce

December 8th, 2011 at 2:57 pm


My daughters love Princess Barbies,
My husband love Lego,
and I love crafts and books.

There will be under our tree!!!

15 | Stephanie

December 8th, 2011 at 3:13 pm


I am very excited for our daughter to find her easel under (or beside) our tree on Christmas morning…she just loves arts and crafts!

16 | Lara

December 8th, 2011 at 3:27 pm


Electronics and arts and crafts – it’s pretty much one way or the other for my kids :)

17 | Lynn

December 8th, 2011 at 4:15 pm


My middle daughter is getting a Djeco kit, actually! I bought it at Tagalong and there were SO MANY it was very hard to choose. I think I ended up with a paint-by-numbers style. But more would be great (for me, maybe???).

The other thing the same kid wanted was a science kit, but we are going small this year, so she isn’t getting it. If we win this prize pack, Santa is going to be one AWESOME dude.

18 | Capital Mom

December 8th, 2011 at 4:31 pm


From Santa there will be a colouring book for the girl and digger for boy.

19 | coffee with julie

December 8th, 2011 at 4:33 pm


This year, Santa is leaving toys that satisfy one science and arts lover and one cars/trucks/planes lover!

20 | Mel

December 8th, 2011 at 4:36 pm


Santa will definately be leaving art supplies this year. These would be a great addition, thanks for the chance!

21 | binki

December 8th, 2011 at 4:54 pm


Santa will be bring something good. But we will give our girls some Science stuff (my daughter wants me to teach her how to wire up a small motor to rechargable bateries, hooked to a solar panel), and a log-house building kit from Lee Valley. Other stuff also, but nothing digital this year. Hope to win your big prize. Tag along Toys is a great toy store.

22 | Shawna

December 8th, 2011 at 5:12 pm


A mini-kick scooter. Guess which is the only toy store in Ottawa that carries them?

23 | Wendy

December 8th, 2011 at 6:56 pm


Again, a fantastic giveaway!!!

We love Djeco.
Have you seen their wall art? I have not bought any saw it online, its beautiful.
I bought my Granddaughter some Djeco last year and she loved it.
My daughter and I were just talking about taking a trip out to Tag along as we have heard SO many good things here.
Santa is hopefully bringing a Keyboard for Alessa.
And possibly a Wii game, oh and Alessa is asking for Archie and Betty and Veronica dolls.
Good luck to Everybody.

24 | Josée

December 8th, 2011 at 6:59 pm


A doll house and a pedal-less bike!

25 | Alison in Ottawa

December 8th, 2011 at 7:03 pm


We have Star Wars Lego for my 9 year old daughter, some Disney Fairies for my 6 year old daughter, some of the super cool new Christmas playmobil and of course some books. Adding in some Djeco Art kits would be a great addition!

26 | Tara MacT

December 8th, 2011 at 7:33 pm


Santa will be leaving a Thomas the Train set, animal flashlights and a Wenda Doll (a friend of Where’s Waldo)…Santa needs to be very creative with that one!!

27 | Isa

December 8th, 2011 at 7:40 pm


Crafts and board games.

28 | Meg

December 8th, 2011 at 8:03 pm


One daughter has asked for ski stuff for ski club and the other for singing lessons.

29 | Katie

December 8th, 2011 at 8:12 pm


My munchkin is little enough that he just says presents when asked what he’d like to see under the tree from Santa. However, he loves Lego so we’ve picked up some neat sets for him.

30 | Mommy Marshall

December 8th, 2011 at 9:05 pm


This is a lovely xmas giveaway that we would love in our house (I have two girls, 8 and 6, and a baby boy who is 1). Us girls are ALL about the crafts!

I’m having a hard time finding gift ideas this year so enjoyed reading the other comments….not sure yet what Santa will be delivering on Christmas Eve!

31 | Natalie Joy

December 8th, 2011 at 9:36 pm


I believe DD4 requested a mouse from Santa this year (luckily, of the non-alive variety!). DD2 asked for a remote control car. My girly-girls are switching it up!

32 | Carla

December 8th, 2011 at 9:44 pm


Oh, we love science around here too. Santa will be leaving a science kit on how to power a clock with unusual sources of energy (like potatoes!), and other few things.

33 | Tiana

December 8th, 2011 at 9:47 pm


This year, Bobby has requested a cactus from Santa. When we saw Santa today, the old man was quite surprised by this request. He assured Bobby that even though he had never seen one at the North Pole, he travels a lot and is sure to find one.

34 | Theresa

December 8th, 2011 at 10:13 pm


New Kinect games, traditional old-school board games, and craft/art supplies. Possibly an easel for the 12 yr old.

35 | Shakira

December 8th, 2011 at 10:38 pm


Santa is bringing Hot Wheels, books, nail accessories and……a rat!!!

36 | Jennifer

December 8th, 2011 at 10:56 pm


Our daughters are hoping for a gigantic Marble Run. There will also be some things to read, and some arts and crafts fun, too. Djeco products are great … and would be such a nice treat to find under the Christmas tree!

37 | Sandra Sousa

December 8th, 2011 at 11:07 pm


I love the Djeco kits! My son is asking Santa for a remote control car (comes before the request for a million dollers [sic]) and my daughter wants all kinds of stuffies, and some zoobles.

38 | Jacquie Baillie

December 8th, 2011 at 11:24 pm


We have a soccer ball, board game, and books under the tree this year. We love Djeco in our house!

39 | Jay

December 9th, 2011 at 4:48 am


Patti and her crew ROCK! I did some shopping there with my kids in tow and she was a HUGE help in allowing me to be “sneaky”. AWESOME. I also sent my in-laws there for Christmas and b-day presents and they couldn’t get over how helpful the staff were.
My kids are asking for lots of electronics (DSis) boooo, but we love Djeco in our house too and my dd has asked for one for her birthday coming up.

40 | Sherri

December 9th, 2011 at 7:53 am


Lalaloopsy and strawberry shortcake at our house. But I have some girls on my list who would love those art kits!

41 | Ingredients for Life

December 9th, 2011 at 8:30 am


Some Maplelea items and a pogo stick. There’s also a big item (surprise). We’re going to see a Disney on Ice production in February.

We’ve used a couple of the art kits and love them as well. They make wonderful gifts.

42 | Meg

December 9th, 2011 at 8:58 am


One daughter has asked to join the ski club at school, the other would like some voice lessons.

Big fan of these kits!

43 | Natalie

December 9th, 2011 at 11:49 am


We hope Santa brings a sled!
There’s room from more Djeco no-battery presents under the tree. Great offer.

44 | Cath in Ottawa

December 9th, 2011 at 12:32 pm


We’re thinking snowshoes or maybe a fisher price camera. either way, these would make a wonderful addition. Thank you!

45 | Nora

December 9th, 2011 at 1:29 pm


We are going no-tech this year – and my kids’ lists are lovely because of it. New earrings, books and games for the girls, and building toys & a new sled for the boy. We love Djeco at our house – the girls think they are super!

46 | EmmyB

December 9th, 2011 at 6:09 pm


Lego, lego and more lego. Did I mention my son likes lego?

47 | Ingrid

December 9th, 2011 at 7:26 pm


There will be at least one light saber under the tree this year in our “boybarian” household….also woodworking tools and books, books, and more books! Skateboards, lego, art supplies. A science kit and Djeco would be super additions, too.

48 | Sarah

December 10th, 2011 at 8:33 am


Santa will be bringing Lots of Lego and books!

49 | Lindsay

December 10th, 2011 at 2:36 pm


Santa will be bringing a keyboard, wii games, holiday barbie, sock monkeys. My daughter loves to do art of all kinds so this giveaway would definetly come in handy!!!

50 | Katie

December 10th, 2011 at 9:10 pm


Santa has the kids covered but I am realizing that I the kid in me needs attention too. I would love a Djeco kit – for me. Colouring and craft work can be a refreshing break from small children and home responsibilities. I recall you and your girls have had fun with Djeco kits in the past. Enjoy!

51 | Kerry

December 11th, 2011 at 2:47 pm


My Little Miss is nuts about Maplelea dolls.

52 | Valerie

December 12th, 2011 at 8:55 am


My daughter is getting a couple of Tag Along Toys’ smaller science kits and our son is getting Lego.

We’ve toy-tested a Djeco kit that was more like sewing. These look like more fun.

53 | Kelly

December 12th, 2011 at 9:59 am


Santa may be making his last visit to our house this year….kids are catching on – the youngest is a holdout! So, he will be bringing a guitar, a pogo stick and possibly an iPod touch. He is still trying figure out if the oldest is naughty or nice!! All of my three would appreciate this prize pack!!

54 | Jodi

December 12th, 2011 at 12:22 pm


Santa is bringing doodle arts and kid magazine subscriptions this year… but don’t tell!

55 | Tara

December 12th, 2011 at 3:18 pm


Santa is bringing a Perplexis Epic, a Bop-it XT and a Zipfy sled

56 | Jodie

December 12th, 2011 at 8:16 pm


Kids are bad this year, so Santa will get them coal! J/k

57 | Lynn

December 13th, 2011 at 9:16 pm


A Perplexus, Beyblades and Hide n’ Squeak Eggs.

58 | andrea

December 16th, 2011 at 10:49 am


Entries are officially closed. Stay tuned for the winner!

59 | andrea

December 16th, 2011 at 10:51 am


The winner is commenter #19 – coffee with julie – who writes:

“This year, Santa is leaving toys that satisfy one science and arts lover and one cars/trucks/planes lover!”

Congratulations Julie! And thank you Tag Along Toys for hosting such a fun giveaway! :)

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